by John Ward
There’s only one real environmental reality that concerns me, and that’s the continuing explosion of population alongside the exact same amount of potable water available as there was some 1.5 million years ago. Most of the residue of Climate shock-horror is cock, while Covid19 pales into insignificance when compared to the water problem. But They don’t want to talk about that, as they already have plans of their own.
That’s a story for another day. In the meantime, who’s for a dose of cock?
The Washington Post – soon to star in the movie All Jeff Bezos’s Men – is out there leading the charge in the next big fearfest – Climaterror. Or maybe that should read Climate Error? It seems that…
‘The Amazon is emitting more carbon than it can absorb, in what scientists say is a disturbing new signal that the Earth may be reaching a tipping point on climate change…..fire and deforestation, along with warmer temperatures and markedly drier conditions, mean the world’s largest [Amazonian] rainforest is gradually losing its ability to be a carbon sink.’
Spontaneous combustion does happen; but most of the Amazon forest fires are caused by illegal felling (turning the soil and roots into a tinder box) and burning of ‘unusable’ wood. Stop doing that, and the fires will, largely, stop.
But even if we do that, the CO2 chucked by Earth’s eco-system in a given year simply isn’t enough to call the changes involved “a climate emergency”. (Unless of course you’re the Washington Post…owned by Jeff Bezos – mysteriously appointed OIC Climate Fear by ‘Them’ last year).
Over the last 250 years, the CO2 level in the atmosphere has risen from 280 to 411 ppm. It sounds like a big increase, but ppm stands for parts per million. In two and a half centuries, the amount of CO2 in the Earth’s amosphere has thus risen O.00013% – well below a homoaeopathic level.
The acceleration in ppms began in the late 1950s. This coincided exactly with the opening of the Mauna Loa Observatory (1958) in Hawaii:
Before Mauna Loa, CO2 historical levels were measured by drilling into ice-cores. Mauna Loa consists of atmospheric and satellite ‘real time’ measures. The rather alarmist graph above simply plonks two completely different measuring systems together, adding that Mauna Loa is “more accurate” than ice drilling. Not only is no evidence presented for that assertion, even if it’s true you can’t write off 160 years of history: it has to be recalibrated or the ice drillings continued. The Climanatics did neither.
Some of the so-called “science” is, as ever, contradictory. In 2008, space agency NASA came out with a sensationally ‘off-message’ series of observations showing that CO2 in the atmosphere escapes out into space nine times more quickly than climate modellers thought….and thus, its importance as a greenhouse gas had been woefully over-played.
These conclusions were hastily “disappeared”, such that now NASA says ‘any heat captured by carbon dioxide sooner escapes to space than it finds another molecule to absorb it. As a result, an increase in greenhouses gases like carbon dioxide means more heat is lost to space — and the upper atmosphere cools. When air cools, it contracts….the mesosphere, the layer of the atmosphere 30 to 50 miles above the surface, is cooling and contracting. Scientists have long predicted this effect of human-driven climate change, but it has been difficult to observe the trends over time.’
This is also why elephants have long noses, by the way. You see, nasty sapiens pumps out CO2 which becomes the wicked greenhouse gas, which then rises and causes contraction higher up, because it isn’t a greenhouse gas really – it escapes very quickly….and so that’s the problem. This week.
And if scientists have ‘long predicted this effect of human-driven climate change’, then their reports somehow evaded my desk. It’s rewritten history, period. Is it a greenhouse gas, is it a chicken, is it an egg or is it just a little bogeyman using a loudspeaker behind the curtain?
More heat is lost to space because of global warming and that’s why global warming is an even bigger problem than we thought. Iggle dibble dungo upple down dong sideways backwards.
Meanwhile, The Guardian is predictably out there with the Tipping Pointers. In a piece two days ago, it warned:
Old Grandiau sees nothing but Human holocaust ahead:
‘The currents are already at their slowest point in at least 1,600 years, but the new analysis shows it may be nearing a shutdown. Such an event would have catastrophic consequences around the world, severely disrupting the monsoons that billions of people depend on for food in India, South America and West Africa; increasing storms and lowering temperatures in Europe; and pushing up the sea level in the eastern US. It would also further endanger the Amazon rainforest and Antarctic ice sheets.
Yes, the Gulf Stream is pivotal. Their source for all this is Niklas Boers, from the Potsdam Institute for Climate Impact Research.
“The signs of destabilisation being visible already is something that I wouldn’t have expected and that I find scary,” he says “It’s something you just can’t allow to happen. It is not known what level of CO2 would trigger an AMOC collapse, so the only thing to do is keep emissions as low as possible. The likelihood of this extremely high-impact event happening increases with every gram of CO2 that we put into the atmosphere”.
Er, hang on a minute….where did the CO2 thing come from? What’s with all this ‘not known what level’ self-insurance? And if you drill down into Boers’ more scholarly efforts when he’s not gobbing off to pubertal Guardianista hacks, why does our Niklas keep using words like ‘could’, ‘might’ and ‘possibly’ in relation to tipping points?
Well let’s dig deeper into Niklas Boers and see what’s what:
Stripe me pink, here he is again….this time, the TP in question is Greenland’s ice sheet.
‘The analysis by Boers found warning signs that the sheet may be at a tipping point, evidenced through examination of the size and duration of changes found in temperature records, ice cores, and modelling that reconstructed the ice sheet’s elevation and melting rates….’
But wait a minute….several paragraphs earlier on, I thought we established that ice cores and models were knocked into a cocked hat by observatories? Nihil desperandum, because the article later says ‘researchers could not determine whether the sheet is already at the point of no return, or whether the tipping point could be imminent’.
Further information: Niklas Boers is Associate Coordinator of the completely EU-funded Horizon 2020 project ‘Tipping Points’. So he has, um, something of a vested interested in talking about Tipping Points.
But if you think maybe I chose these extracts to enhance my case, here are the first two pages of Google search – it runs to 10.9 million references in total:
I can’t sign off today without drawing your attention to this terrific video from Academy of Ideas:
It is 28 minutes long, but worth every second of your time. It describes precisely what we the 1 in 8 are going through, and what’s likely to come next. The ‘climate emergency’ stuff will heat up (gerritt?) further, and then the markets will plummet in a controlled explosion. Get the sea-sickness tablets hoarded in preparation for Onkel Santa Schwab becoming a daily feature on our screens as we then shift to The Great Net Switchoff in preparation for the Great Reset.
Enjoy your Sunday lunch.